Nigeria confirms 416 new covid-19 cases, total now 10,578
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), on Monday, announced that the country has recorded 416 new cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total number of infections in Nigeria to 10,578.
The NCDC disclosed this on its verified Twitter handle on Monday night.
“416 new cases of #COVID19; Lagos-192 Edo-41 Rivers-33 Kaduna-30 Kwara-23 Nasarawa-18 Borno-17 FCT-14 Oyo-10 Katsina-7 Abia-5 Delta-5 Adamawa-4 Kano-4 Imo-3 Ondo-3 Benue-2 Bauchi-2 Ogun-2 Niger-1.”
416 new cases of #COVID19;
10578 cases of #COVID19Nigeria
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has directed the “restrictive opening” of worship centres but with a caveat that relevant containment protocols against the Covid-19 be respected in line with the agreement reached between the Presidential Taskforce PTF on Covid-19 and the state governments.
The PTF which disclosed this on Monday during its daily briefing also announced the second phase of its eased lockdown which would be in place for four weeks.
The initial six-week eased lockdown would end by midnight of Monday, but the Presidential Taskforce PTF on Covid-19 said the pandemic is still very potent as Nigeria has not reached the peak of infection.
The new phase of the lockdown also places a ban on interstate movement, gatherings with more than 20 people among others.
While it said the states can relax the restrictions placed on religious houses, the PTF, however, reviewed the 8pm to 6pm curfew imposed on the country to now take place between 10pm and 4am.
It said since the transmission has gotten to the community level, and that it is expected that states and local governments now drive the process in their areas of responsibility.
The PTF also announced the full opening of banks and the financial services sector but stated that schools remained closed until medical experts give the nod for reopening.